June 15, 2009
Posted: 1610 GMT
Topping our rundown today, the continuing aftermath of the presidential election in Iran.
Certain parts of the Iranian capital saw violent demonstrations, especially in student areas and in and around Tehran University. And rallies in support of the deeply polarizing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has claimed victory in Friday's election, and his main rival, MirHossein Moussavi and his supporters, have intensified the bitter political acrimony across the country.
The country's real leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a text supporting Ahamdinejad's win so quicly, it led some experts like Amir Taheri, writing in the Wall Street Journal today, to suggest that the country's "military security elite" is now really in charge of the Iranian state, and exerted some influence over the Ayatollah to support their protege.
Others say Ayatollah Khameini acted quickly because he too saw a candidate like Moussavi as a threat to the establishment.
Either way, the crisis in Iranian has created convulsions in a country of more than 65 million people, the vast majority of whom are under the age of 35, that have spread around the world in large part because of the pictures and messages that slipped through the security net via websites, blogs, and social networking sites like Twitter.
We'll explore that angle of the story as well and take you to Tehran, where our chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour is covering the story.
Also today, we'll cover the apparent execution of Western tourists in Yemen, a very worrying development in a country where hostages held by anti-government groups are usually bartered for favors, not murdered. We have live reaction to the news.
And the continuing reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on his vision for a Palestinian state. Critics say that by supporting a Palestinian nation with no control of its own airspace, borders and no military is in effect support for a "ghetto" state.
That, and the rest of the day's top stories, as always.
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